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Moon tracking spectrometer measurements of ozone and nitrogen dioxide from Arrival Heights during the polar winter
Entry ID: K085_1985_1987_NZ_1

Abstract: A moon tracking spectrometer was installed at Arrival Heights in January 1985 to measure trace gas species (ozone O3 and nitrogen dioxide NO2) in the stratosphere. The spectrometer measurements are made in the UV, visible and infrared regions of the spectrum. The stratospheric gases (O3 and NO2) are quantified by their absorption signature, using the moon as a light source. The interplay between dynamics and chemistry have been identified and the photochemical behaviour of oxides of nitrogen as a function of season were quantified. The instrument was serviced and replaced at various intervals.
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Description: The spectrophotometer data is submitted to the international Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC). This public record is available through an anonymous ftp or by a clickable map linking sites with data directories.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.83   S: -77.83   E: 166.66   W: 166.66
Min Altitude: 200 Max Altitude: 100000

Data Set Citation
Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1985-01-01
Stop Date: 1986-12-31
Quality The trace gas measurements from Arrival Heights have been added to the database at Lauder. Please contact the investigator for more information.
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Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
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City: Omakau
Province or State: Central Otago
Country: New Zealand
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-02-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-10-04